The Washington Post and The New York Times had reported already that the delay in testing came from manufacturing errors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where the tests were accidentally contaminated and testing was delayed as a result for weeks.
Jiang also suggested that Trump was trying to open the economy for political reasons, which completely ignores the fact that tens of millions of Americans have lost their jobs, some are struggling to feed their families, and suicides are projected to skyrocket.
Jiang later suggested that Trump’s desire to be the best in the world at testing was a bad thing because of the number of Americans who are dying every day from the coronavirus.
Trump said to ask China that question, to which Jiang, who describes herself as “Chinese born” in her Twitter bio, tried to turn Trump’s statement into a racial incident.
Video: Disenguous, pathetic stuff from @CBSNews's @Weijia Jiang, questioning the President's testing motives as suppressing them so as to tamp down case numbers and death tolls and then suggest he's playing politics with reopening state economies while Democratic governors aren't pic.twitter.com/acjiINrXxX— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 11, 2020
Video: @CBSNews's @Weijia Jiang came back for round two, bashing Trump for talking about testing like it's a "global competition" when so many are dying. Trump replies that she should ask China that question. So the media want Trump to ramp up testing, then hit him when he does?! pic.twitter.com/YYF13b3JrS— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 11, 2020
If Trump had never before mentioned China in context of the coronavirus, then his “Ask China” to an Asian reporter might be considered unfairly racialized. But calling it out as “racist” seems an irresponsible reach.— Colby Hall (@colbyhall) May 11, 2020
Did she try to turn this into a race thing? https://t.co/u9Ke0ijOOx— Rob Schmitt (@SchmittNYC) May 11, 2020
Weijia Jiang has managed to outdo Acosta at his own game of grandstanding at press conference for self-promotion/resistance RTs.— Steven Cheung (@CaliforniaPanda) May 11, 2020
How else do you think someone who has never broken a big/interesting story, gets a ton of Twitter followers in just a few months?
Aside from @weijia's ridiculous insinuation about racism, her early questions were also obnoxious. The first presumed @realDonaldTrump acted out of political motives; the second presumed Democrats do NOT have such motives. She also said it's "politics" to want the economy to grow— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) May 11, 2020
Journalists are paid to ask questions not to create narratives. The creation of a narrative makes you a political operative.
Does any sane person actually buy @weijia's victim schtick? The idea @realDonaldTrump would only tell an Asian American reporter China is a problem is absurd. He's been saying it to everyone for weeks. Impossible she actually believes what she was suggesting. Although, who knows.— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) May 11, 2020